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Almond milk dark chocolate

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Created May 08, 2012 at 7:25 PM

What is everyone's thoughts on Dark Chocolate Almond Milk? I just started paleo and I am trying to find suitable "sweets" if I need them. I used to have a glass of chocolate milk between my sprint and lifting sessions. Quick and easy, I was wondering if this almond milk would work as a substitute?

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:02 PM

How many grams of sugar were in it per serving, though? I'm not too concerned about calories, and more concerned with grams of sugar. :) Kind of like how at Starbucks they have low calorie drinks... but with more than 30 grams of sugar. Kind of pointless.

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:01 PM

True, depending on one's taste buds & what kind of almond milk and dark chocolate they're using. The almond milk and cocoa that I use are all unsweetened and unflavored. I've blended them together in the blender before and it was too bitter for me. Adding a bit of vanilla extract and some Truvia was good. :) But those are just my tastebuds.

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:26 PM

You don't even need to add sweetener here. You can try adding a tiny bit of cayenne, or a little bit of orange rind along with the cocoa powder and you're set. Or, a little bit of coffee.

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on June 06, 2012
at 04:42 PM

I consider almond milk perfectly paleo if you make it yourself. Almonds + water? Sounds fine to me. And good as a sub when you can't or don't want to have dairy.

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on May 23, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Normally I would agree, but it sounds like he's looking for something that specifically *does* have sugar in it...he wants to use it between sprints and lifting. The carbs would probably be useful at that time. (And give him a possibly needed boost that he wouldn't get from the unsweetened version.)

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on May 08, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Thanks! Yes, it is the silk one. I am on a strick paleo diet right now but I'm thinking more for when I might have to be a little flexible between training sessions where I'm burning a lot of fuel. Probably much like your kids. :)

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on June 06, 2012
at 04:45 PM

If you're looking for a recovery meal, you could probably do better. Almond milk doesn't have much protein (unlike dairy) and really all the cartoned chocolate almond milk has is sugar. (There's something like a tablespoon of added sugar in each serving I think, based on the last time I looked at the unsweetened almond milk v. chocolate stuff in the cartons.) I personally feel you'd be better off getting some 85% dark chocolate and just eating that, maybe with a banana or spread of almond butter. Less refined sugar that way.

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:07 AM

Stay away from Blue Diamond. They use carrageenan in the ingredients listing. It is a known carcinogen. :( stay with Silk.

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I can't remember the brand name, but it is very good! It was pre-packaged in a box, with "pure cane sugar"... yes, sugar by any other name is still sugar. But 120 calories per 8 ounce serving it has a very good taste, and claims more calcium than cow juice! Given, the pros versus the cons when compared to cow juice, the cane sugar can be over looked this one time. I found a receipe online for Dark Chocolate Almond Milk where it did use stevia instead of sugar, and unsweetened Almond Milk, so I plan on trying that next. If you are not a hard-core anti-sugar person, and have a craving for chocolate milk, it would be a great alternative to the dairy version!

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:02 PM

How many grams of sugar were in it per serving, though? I'm not too concerned about calories, and more concerned with grams of sugar. :) Kind of like how at Starbucks they have low calorie drinks... but with more than 30 grams of sugar. Kind of pointless.

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on May 09, 2012
at 08:27 AM

Haven't had it yet, and don't know what the ingredients are... however, have you tried making your own? Either melting homemade dark chocolate, or a low-sugar dark chocolate, or cocoa powder... and mixing it with a safe natural sweetener like Truvia or pure Stevia?

I actually haven't tried making my own either, but as I read your post, it made me think of it... lol. If and when I do try it, I'll make another comment here, or talk about it on my blog. :D

E2d885a66875eb01e931d369fac7353c

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:26 PM

You don't even need to add sweetener here. You can try adding a tiny bit of cayenne, or a little bit of orange rind along with the cocoa powder and you're set. Or, a little bit of coffee.

6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

(581)

on October 17, 2012
at 10:01 PM

True, depending on one's taste buds & what kind of almond milk and dark chocolate they're using. The almond milk and cocoa that I use are all unsweetened and unflavored. I've blended them together in the blender before and it was too bitter for me. Adding a bit of vanilla extract and some Truvia was good. :) But those are just my tastebuds.

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:48 AM

I use the Silk almond milk in coffee about once a week. I'm under no delusions that it is paleo, but I can't do dairy, so it's the only way I can enjoy coffee outside the house without carrying coconut milk with me (they sell single-serving almond milk at the Safeway, which also contains the only local Starbucks. Very convenient).

Recognize it as a cheat, don't allow cheats to take over your diet, and you'll probably be fine.

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on May 09, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Blue Diamond makes an unsweetened chocolate almond milk that is my go-to with a packet of Truvia to give it that sweetness. Yes there are some interesting ingredients, but short of making almond milk from scratch and adding cocoa powder that is the best that is ready-to-eat.

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on May 23, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Normally I would agree, but it sounds like he's looking for something that specifically *does* have sugar in it...he wants to use it between sprints and lifting. The carbs would probably be useful at that time. (And give him a possibly needed boost that he wouldn't get from the unsweetened version.)

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on May 08, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Read the ingredients list. If it is the one im thinking of its full of a laundry list of stuff. Try and stick to the rule that if a 3rd graded could not read the ingredients than you should not be putting it in your body. For the most part almond milk is a no for strict paleo eaters. In fact there are more benifits in regular chocolate milk, as far as replenishing your body with sugar and carbs post workout.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on June 06, 2012
at 04:42 PM

I consider almond milk perfectly paleo if you make it yourself. Almonds + water? Sounds fine to me. And good as a sub when you can't or don't want to have dairy.

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on May 08, 2012
at 08:25 PM

I use the unsweetened vanilla almond milk occasionally. The chocolate stuff tastes a little funky to me. I don't think it has enough carbs (like 2 grams per 1 cup serving) to be a good fuel source or replenish glycogen between workouts. It's only 40 calories too. Maybe try 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, mixed with a tablespoon of protein powder and a cup of frozen berries. That's good between workout recovery, IMO.

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on May 08, 2012
at 07:39 PM

If it's the kind I'm thinking about it's not 100% Paleo, if that's your concern. I think that Silk has one, and my kids drink it and love it, but it definitely has some added cane sugar in there. If that doesn't bother you (it doesn't really bother me since my kids pretty much burn off food ten seconds after they eat it because they don't stop moving) then go for it!

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on May 08, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Thanks! Yes, it is the silk one. I am on a strick paleo diet right now but I'm thinking more for when I might have to be a little flexible between training sessions where I'm burning a lot of fuel. Probably much like your kids. :)

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:17 AM

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